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USAID

Slashing Subsidies to Save Lives

Kim Elliott applauds legislation that could help US food aid save more lives by replacing special-interest subsidies with greater flexibility and efficiency.

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AP

ODA Count in Crisis

David Roodman says the sytem of counting official development assistance is in crisis, with profitable lending qualifying as aid. New blog and policy paper.

Pictured: OECD Secretary-General José Ángel Gurría and former DAC Chair J. Brian Atwood

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CIFOR

Stopping Deforestation

Jonah Busch and Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon’s meta-analysis of 117 spacially explicit studies shows what drives deforestation and what stops it. Lessons for REDD+.

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30 Million New Smokers

Tobacco companies hooked 30 million new smokers last year and could kill a billion this century. Bill Savedoff on why global anti-tobacco efforts have stalled.

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UN

When Aid Increases Violence

Willa Friedman unpacks two careful studies with disturbing findings: sometimes aid increases violence. 

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More Money, More Migration

Michael Clemens explains that growing income fosters more migration, not less, and that letting people go can be better for a country than making them stay.

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To MCC’s New CEO

Ben Leo suggests a short list of priorities for Dana Hyde, the new CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corp.

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Thank You for a Great Year

Take a look back at what made 2013 a landmark year for CGD. Annual report with video and pics.

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AP

Migration Meets Development

Michael Clemens celebrates new evidence that research linking migration and development has grown in volume and scope.

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AP

CIA Nixes Vaccines as Cover

The White House has announced that the CIA will no longer use vaccine programs as cover. Charles Kenny wants you to help spread the news far and wide. 

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